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White Witch Pond

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Shaya Solen’s walk home from school takes her past an eerie pond, where one day she finds an old bracelet made of raven feathers. Soon, strange events begin to unfold: a shadowy figure glimpsed across the water, ominous nightmares haunting Shaya, and rumors of a witch who once drowned in the pond. With the discovery of a strange family connection to the witch, Shaya is dra...more
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2010)
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Jude
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They say photos are worth more than a thousand words. I think the same about tittles. When reading the title of White Witch Pond and learning that the main character was somewhere around 12 years old, I thought it would be about a little girl meeting this witch and then becoming friends or something. A little spook in the middle but, no more than that. Turns out it’s a creepy story, with a creepy witch and creepy situations. Preconceived Ideas. What would...more
Jackleen
Looking for something creepy to read, look no further. Jody Kihara has written a very spooky, spine tingling, hair standing up on the back of your neck witch/ghost story for teens and adults alike. Eerie ponds, dark winding streets in October, strange black dogs and even stranger creepy happenings all combine in a suspenseful quest to solve the mystery of a witch who drowned in a pond on Halloween thirteen years earlier.

Shaya and Dev Solen have just moved to a new city. The new neighbourhood is...more
Natalie
When I started this book, I thought perhaps it might be to young of a YA Fiction for me, but to my great surprise I was very wrong. I really enjoyed this book very much, in fact I loved it!!! I just love it when I am contacted to read/review books, and often going into the book I am not sure what to expect and sometimes wonder if this type of book will be to young for me to read and enjoy, I love it when I am proven wrong, and with Jodi's book I was very much proven wrong.

I really liked Shaya's...more
Alexis Villery
This creepy read grabs your attention from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very last word. Shaya finds a bracelet made with feathers, hair, and bone. She searches desperately to discover the background of this unique jewelry so she can stop the mysterious happenings that are turning her family upside down. But the bigger problem, perhaps, is knowing what to do when she finds the information she is looking for.

I really enjoyed this book. It really grabs your attention from the very fir...more
Jennifer
I was hoping with a title like White Witch Pond, there would be enough creepy factor for this 33 year old horror lover to really enjoy this story. Not that I was doubting it would be enjoyable, because Jody is an amazing writer, just that it would at least give me a few chills being as it is a YA book. I was not disappointed! Right from the first chapter, reading in the almost dark living room, the hair on my arms stood up a little. Short and easy to read this is a perfect read for a dark, storm...more
Lex Write
I absolutely loved this book. It was creepy and sweet all at the same time.
Jody Kihara’s writing style is so beautiful and it evokes such great imagery. Just in this little passage we get so much information and already there is a feeling of dread creeping into the story: “It was October, and the days were short. The light was already fading by the time school let out – only a quarter to four, and already the edges of the park were blurring away into a fuzzy half-light, as if a paintbrush with t...more
Rebecca
Before I started reading White Witch Pond I thought it was going to be about a girl who discovers a bracelet of an old witch and then weird things start happening. I had expected the weird things to be something like she was getting the witch’s power from the bracelet. Let’s just say that nope, I was definitely very wrong.
White Witch Pond was quite a creepy story really and reminded me a tiny bit of a horror movie. The ones these days where an event takes place and then strange things keep happe...more
Cassandra (The Book & Movie Dimension blogger)
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White Witch Pond is the story of Shaya a girl that recently moves to a new neighborhood. While there, her friends reveal a past clouded in a death of witch who drowned in the local pond. Shaya must uncover why the witch has chosen her to stalk.
Found there was a very straight-board style to the writing which made the plot stand out stronger over character complexity. While the character of Shaya wasn't my most favorite because...more
Jessica at Book Sake
This story started off great, and I got into the main character Shaya’s story very quickly. The writing style was easy to read and enjoyable, and for YA fiction I found it to be a different and interesting witch story with some suspense thrown in the mix. Shaya’s character is well written and she comes across as a very intelligent teenager who isn’t caught up in much of the drama that her age group is prone to. That being said, I wish there was more development of the story, once the connection...more
Sara
White Witch Pond was a good story. It wasn't super creepy or anything but it definitely had the potential to be just that. I think the author must have wanted to keep it on the non scary side since it's a YA book. In all fairness, I just got done reading another YA book about a witch and this book just paled in comparison. I try not to compare books and really the stories didn't have anything in common but a dead witch, however after reading the other book, I just expected more from this one. St...more
Once Upon
Shaya is a young girl that by accident finds a bracelet near a pond in her neighborhood. When she takes it home there are some frightful consequences, when she realizes it belonged to a young witch that drowned in that pond and her ghost want it back. The story is not hardcore spooky but just enough to keep you wondering and urging you to go on reading to see what will happen next.

It is a short and easy read with a high entertainment factor and can work even for the younger crowd. Great book for...more
E.J.
This novel is complete edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting reading; a real page turner! It's got a thoroughly spooky atmosphere and you really feel for the character as she struggles to figure out what's going on around her and why. It had me hooked from start to finish and I loved every page. Stephen King for YA, anyone?
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This did have some formatting issues for me, nothing too terrible but a little distracting, overall though the story was a good one. A little creepy at times.
I think it would be worth a read if you like the genre. I think the author has a lot of potential.
Beckie
I have this book a 3.5. My review will be done for the author's blog tour @Bittersweet Enchantment on Oct 21. :)
Megan
since this was a kid book, I'm not putting too much on it. It was just okay.
Leanne B
Fun and exciting - a great 'ghost story' that really pulls you in.
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“Hey, guys." All four turned to look at her. Colin and Mike gave her the usual up-down, is-she-cute glance, which Shaya ignored. "Have you ever heard about someone drowning in the pond in Grasmere Park?"
"Sure."
"Yeah."
"Of course."
"Everyone knows that."

"Hey, guys." All four turned to look at her. Colin and Mike gave her the usual up-down, is-she-cute glance, which Shaya ignored. "Have you ever heard about someone drowning in the pond in Grasmere Park?"
"Sure."
"Yeah."
"Of course."
"Everyone knows that."

"So she really did drown at Halloween?"
"Yes."
"Uh-huh."
"Yeah."

"When did it happen?"
"I dunno. Maybe five years ago?"
"About ten."
"No, it was more like twenty. Back when this was all fields and stuff."
"Oh, shut up. Twenty years ago, this was still a boring old suburb."

The bell rang. Shaya sighed and wandered back to her desk.”
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“A note sat on the kitchen table. Shaya snatched it up and read:
Shay,
I'm taking Dev to the clinic, he's still sick. Didn't want to wake you, you were sleeping so soundly. Hope to be back early afternoon.
Love,
Mom
PS – don't forget you're grounded
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